Karen Christopherson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Karen Christopherson, LMSW social worker

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Hi! I'm a relationship counselor, corporate and personal life coach and Life Coach columnist who has a licensed Master's degree in Social Work, and CAADC certification. I have also completed training with The Coaches Training Institute, the Dr. Phil by Frank Lawlis PhD method, Sharon Wilson and Terri Levine's Coaching from Spirit program, and Bob Proctor's (of The Secret/Law of Attraction) coaching program. I'm trained as a mediator and an arbitrator. My background is in the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas, providing counseling and corporate coaching for 28 years, and then working in my own private practice for the last 20 years in counseling and coaching.

I have been described as the "queen of reframing," and an "out-of-the-box" thinker, due to my ability to experience the seemingly impossible as a welcomed challenge, and to readily reframe life's obstacles into growth opportunities. I love sharing my excitement for growth and learning with you, inspiring you to find your own passion for life and work, to triumph in the face of adversity, and to seek practical, constructive resolutions to complex issues in an ever-changing world. My focus is on empowering you to identify and begin to rely on your own intuitive wisdom, because I believe that "what happens between sessions is more important than what happens in session." My innate interpersonal and intuitive skills, contagious enthusiasm, lighthearted sense of humor and personal/professional life experience equip me to engage others in creative problem solving and positive change efforts under adverse conditions.

My work reflects my belief that everything happens for a reason, and that there are lessons to be learned from all events that occur in our lives. I will encourage you to create and sustain meaningful, conflict-free connections with others along life's journey. My personal and professional mission is to be a positive influence in the lives of others and to make a difference in an often negative or troublesome world.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Coaching
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Identity
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Community Specialties

  • American Indian Or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Biracial
  • Black
  • Hiv / Aids
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Military Families
  • Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander
  • Single Parents
  • Veterans

Faith Based Specialties

  • Spiritual But Not Religious

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$80.00 - $125.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Cash, Check, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Blue Care Network
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services
Out Of Network
Priority Health
Self-Pay Only
United Healthcare

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Professional Certification(s)
MCBAP (Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals)
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Michigan State University